Sunday, June 19, 2016

HOW I EDIT MY PHOTOS



This is a question I get asked fairly often on Instagram - "How do you edit your photos?" And while I am by no means an expert, if you were wondering what filters I use, here they are.







1. J2 in VSCO
2. Cascade* in Afterlight
3. Isle* in Afterlight
4. J5 in VSCO
5. Redwood* in Afterlight

I don't have a single way that I edit photos each time - mostly because each photo I take is so different. As a general rule of thumb, I will first process in Afterlight, as I think their basic editing is more precise than VSCO.

The first thing I do is brighten the photo, and make sure the color balance looks right. Oftentimes I find that my iPhone shoots things to be a little too green, so I will use the Highlight and Midtone feature to bring the greens back down. Sometimes I will lower the color temperature for a more bluish hue, and then move onto filters.

I typically add a splash of Cascade to start (I'm talking like 25-35%) and then follow with Isle - which gives a nice cool tone and makes warmer shades appear more muted and mustard-y. Again, I only use a little bit of each of these filters, and never use them on full strength.

Then I will take this edited photo over to VSCO to apply a final filter. I almost ALWAYS use J2, but sometimes will use J5 if the photo is of a different tone. These J filters make the whites pop, and give the photo a more minimal feel. I only use VSCO filters at a strength of around 4-6 as they can be a bit heavy, and typically do not use their editing tools with the exception of the exposure tool. The exposure tool is something I will only use if a photo is especially dark, as it can be a very heavy handed tool. I only use it at a strength of 1 when I do choose to use it.

And that's about it! I know it sounds a bit mad to use two photo editing apps for one photo, but to be honest, filtering is one of my favorite parts of being a blogger. I always have really enjoyed that before and after feel, and I like my photos to have a specific look to them. Hope this helps!

*part of the Wander pack, which I believe costs $1.99 





15 comments:

  1. Great insight! Thanks for sharing your editing process!

    Zoe xx

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  2. I love how you described part of your color as "mustard-y". That's how I've looked at your photos since following you a few years ago! They have a warm, mustard-y color to them which is really cool. :) I love VSCO and Afterlight as editing apps. They make editing photos really fun.

    When you post photos taken from a DSLR to Instagram, are you still editing them through those two apps or do you edit them on the computer using Lightroom or something else?

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  3. I love how you described part of your color as "mustard-y". That's how I've looked at your photos since following you a few years ago! They have a warm, mustard-y color to them which is really cool. :) I love VSCO and Afterlight as editing apps. They make editing photos really fun.

    When you post photos taken from a DSLR to Instagram, are you still editing them through those two apps or do you edit them on the computer using Lightroom or something else?

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  4. I love your Instagram feed! It's really inspiring. Thanks for doing this post :)

    La Luna Vita

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  6. Those photos are looking great, nice editing, hats off.
    Usually I try not to edit my pics too much and try to get a good picture with my camera, but after reading your post, I gotta try a few of those filters on my next project.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Firsthandsmoke

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